Littleton Regional Healthcare Surgical Services Unit Celebrates National Time Out
June 10, 2015
Littleton, NH, - National Time Out Day is an annual event dedicated to raising awareness of safe practices for patients undergoing surgery and other invasive procedures. Littleton Regional Healthcare and its Surgical Services Team are proud to be part of this annual awareness campaign committed to patient safety.
Dan Saxon, RN, BSN of LRH's Surgical Services team writes, "There are no whistles blowing. But just as in sports, surgical time outs are a "cease all activity" order to communicate, examine strategy and ensure every member of the team knows their role." National Time Out Day was recognized at Littleton Regional Healthcare on June 10, 2015. The Association of PeriOperative Nurses (AORN) launched National Time Out Day in 2004. The World Health Organization, the Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety and the American College of Surgeons support this initiative.
Most medical errors are caused by poor communication. The initiative's goal is to prevent errors by ensuring that all members of the surgical team pause before invasive procedures and communicate as a group to confirm key information about the patient and procedure. Wrong patient, wrong site and wrong procedure surgeries are devastating for all involved. Dan states, "At Littleton Regional Healthcare we are committed to helping reduce surgical errors and improve patient outcomes by taking a "time out" for every patient, every time. Patients should also actively participate in their healthcare - know your doctor's plan for you and ask questions and clarify information throughout the entire journey."
For more information on Littleton Regional Healthcare, contact Linda Gilmore, RN, Chief Nursing Officer/Chief Administrative Officer at 603-444-9280.